Agent responds to fresh reports that Newcastle United have submitted £21.7m transfer offer
Reports in Brazil say Newcastle United have submitted a new bid for Santos star Angelo Gabriel.
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United have continued to monitor Gabriel’s progress and fresh reports in Brazil have claimed a second bid has been lodged. However, Rodrigo Alija, one of Gabriel’s representatives, has denied that to be the case.
Alija said: “So far, we don’t have anything concrete and we’re not going to talk about any polls or any ongoing negotiations. If, and when there is something concrete, it will be reported.”
Gabriel, who turns 18 in December, is under contract at Santos until 2024 and has a £52m release but the club’s president Andres Rueda is reportedly willing to accept £26m.
It’s understood Barcelona have first refusal to purchase Gabriel at £30m but the belief in Brazil is the La Liga giants are unlikely to intervene.
The South American talent, who has already made more than 90 appearances, is the youngest-ever goalscorer in the Copa Libertadores and the third-youngest player to play for Santos, who have produced once in a generation talents Pele and Neymar in the past.